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  • Child's cancer is latest twist in Iowa death trial

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri man charged with killing his wife in Iowa is seeking a delay in his January trial so he can care for his 5-year-old daughter while she fights cancer. Alex Fazzino is free on bond while awaiting trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 death of 32-year-old Emily Fazzino at their home in Boone. He's pleaded not...

  • LA hospital gets money for telemedicine program

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles hospital is starting a telemedicine program that will allow doctors to consult with patients six-thousand miles away. Good Samaritan Hospital announced Wednesday that it's received a federal grant of more than $417,000. The money will be used to provide real-time video conferencing that can link Good Samaritan...

  • Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary

    SEVERN, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Riggan hasn't dwelled on being the nation's first successful recipient of a liver from a living donor. As she marks the 25th anniversary of her successful surgery Thursday, she says its success has enabled her to live a normal life almost completely untouched by what was an often-fatal disorder. Riggan was 21 months...

  • Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects. Reading that section of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" activates some...

  • Health commissioner urges flu shots for Hoosiers

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state health commissioner is urging Indiana residents to get flu shots, saying it helps prevent many from getting sick. Dr. Jerome Adams says flu shots help protect families. He says influenza is unpredictable, but it claims several thousand American lives every year. Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory...

  • DHH head: 'alarming rate' of ADHD medication in La

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health secretary says the state has an "alarming rate" of medicating kids for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Secretary Kathy Kliebert will hold a free symposium about the syndrome in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Dec. 9. She says parents, teachers, health care professionals and others are welcome....

  • Whole Foods recalls vegan pumpkin pies

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Whole Foods Markets is recalling vegan pumpkin pies produced and sold in its Southwest region because they contained undeclared walnuts. The nuts would pose a risk to those who have nut allergies or severe sensitivities. In a statement Wednesday, the Austin-based grocery chain says the pies were sold as half and full pies...

  • Group reports uptick in Haiti cholera patients

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's health system still does not have the capacity to adequately treat cholera patients and there has been an uptick in cases in the country's capital, an official with the international medical group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday. Oliver Schulz, head of the group's Haiti mission, said more than 2,000...

  • Illinois doctor fined over medical marijuana slip

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators have disciplined a doctor who they say misled potential patients by offering pre-approval for medical marijuana through a Chicago company called Good Intentions — a business that's carrying on its work with patients and plans to have a float in the city's Thanksgiving parade. Dr. Brian Murray will be on...

  • Mililani man gets $5.62M verdict for misdiagnosis

    HONOLULU (AP) — A jury has awarded millions of dollars to an Oahu man who sued a hospital for not diagnosing a tumor in his mouth, his attorney said. Attorney Rick Fried said jurors reached the verdict Tuesday and awarded $5.62 million to his client, Jeff Kim. Kim, 43, of Mililani, went to an ear, nose and throat doctor at Straub Clinic &...

  • Court: No warrant needed to draw parolees' blood

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California appeals court says authorities don't need a warrant to draw blood from parolees who don't consent to a blood test. The 1st District Court of Appeal made the determination Wednesday in a ruling over a DUI case in Solano County. According to the court, defendant Bobby Lynn Jones was under post-release community...

  • Raccoon exposes 2 people to rabies in SC

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina residents are being told to see their doctors after being exposed to a rabid raccoon. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control said Wednesday the cases in the Simpsonville area involved a captive raccoon that tested positive for the potentially fatal disease. The two people were exposed...

  • 9 counties that won't meet new ozone standard

    The Obama administration is proposal stricter emissions limits on ozone, a pollutant that leads to smog and is linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The proposal calls for new ozone limits of between 65 parts per billion and 70 parts per billion, with the final level to be set next year. Because of existing pollution controls and emissions...

  • State appeals ruling that city can ban pot outlets

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon is appealing a Circuit Court ruling that a city in the heart of southern Oregon marijuana country can ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The Grants Pass Daily Courier (http://bit.ly/121b1FZ ) reported Wednesday the appeal was filed last week by the Oregon Department of Justice on behalf of the...

  • Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

    Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age. The...

  • Heart stent for Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 81

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was expected back at work on Monday, but her hospitalization — just three weeks after elections handed Republicans control of the Senate —...

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